Expected Publication: January 3rd, 2012 by HarperCollins
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Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.
As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY
The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.
Under the Never Sky has had a huge amount of hype. Naturally, when I saw it on NetGalley and got approved, my reaction was this -> O_O!!!!!
I love the title. I love the cover. But the book itself frustrated me to no end.
My biggest problem is that there is so much that is left unexplained. I'm not usually one that needs everything spelled out for me, but Under the Never Sky left a little too much to guesswork and inferences for me. I'm still not entirely sure how their world came to be what it is. I'm not entirely clear on what aether is. Sure, I can gather an idea from what happens with aether during the book, but it's never really explained. Nothing is explained, it felt like -_- And there are so many names to keep straight - Dwellers, Moles, Savages, Bliss, Luster (which I think is supposed to be alcohol, but I DON'T KNOW BECAUSE IT WAS NEVER EXPLAINED), and countless others. It made my brain hurt.
From what I understand, this book is classified as a dystopian novel. And from other things I understand, dystopians focus a lot on the societies they're set in. Sometimes, I felt like the only thing happening in this book was Perry and Aria (and sometimes Roar) traveling. With some fights thrown in. Which brings me back to my point above - nothing is explained properly in this book. And it makes me mad, in case you hadn't noticed -_-
Despite that, there are still aspects I like. I especially liked how some science was thrown into this book, things about the brain and stuff, and how The Realms have an effect on everyone. The beginning was awesome - definitely a great start to a book that'll hook you in.
I really like the way Aria and Perry's relationship evolves. Although their arguments start to get very repetitive in the first fourth or so, after that, it seems to evolve perfectly.
Perry is truly different from almost every other YA male character I've read. There's something so real about him, even if he has abilities that we could never dream of. He's so caring and so protective - but you have to earn his trust first, and I love that about him.
Aria, in the beginning, is a very naive character. And while that's usually annoying, for once, it fit the story. This book wouldn't have made any sense if Aria wasn't naive. Here she is, being thrown out of her world of perfection into a world of disease, sickness, violence, with no one but Perry, a Savage, to protect her. Aria grows throughout the book, and I think that's something that will probably (hopefully) continue through the rest of the series.
Overall: I have so many questions that it's ridiculous. While Under The Never Sky is an amazing and fairly original dystopian tale, I feel like it needs a lot of work. Instead of all action and fights, some time could be spent on trying to make the readers a little less confused. However, I can't ignore the fact that I enjoyed the book and that I'm dying for the sequel after that ending T__T Under The Never Sky kept me guessing the entire time, and I fell in love with the characters. 3.5 stars.